RPT-OBITUARY-Samsung’s Lee: tainted titan who built a global tech giant

In February 1993, five years after taking over from his father at South Korea’s Samsung Group, 51-year-old Lee Kun-hee was frustrated that he wasn’t making his mark. After a tense nine-hour follow-up meeting, Lee kick-started a strategic shift at Samsung – to gain market share through quality, not quantity. Lee, who died aged 78 on Sunday after being hospitalised for a heart attack in 2014, was driven by a constant sense of crisis, which he instilled in his leadership teams to drive change and fight complacency.

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